This is the most famous application of Le Corbusier's "five points of a new
architecture". All five points are clearly present in this house: pilotis, a roof
garden, a free floor plan, ribbon windows, and a free façade. The first
impression you get when approaching the house is of a horizontal white box
placed on pilotis, set off against the natural surroundings. The plan of the
building is square, one of the ideal shapes which the architects so admired.
Within this strict geometry, dynamic curved forms are added, like the
staircase and the solarium on the roof. The curved ground floor contains the
entrance, servants' quarters, and garages. The ramp leading to the first floor
is the very spine of the plan. The private rooms behind the ribbon windows
on the first floor stand around the roof terrace, which is accessible through
sliding doors. The final sloop of the ramp leads to the roof with a solarium
screened by curved walls.
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